“France Threatens Military Action Against Syria over Lebanon!,” Naharnet, 26 March 2005, http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/Newsdesk.nsf/Story/CCA1B20FF465EB02C2256FD0003A070F?OpenDocument&PRINT (from Democratic Underground).
Syria’s stupid assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister just earned them threats from an unlikely source
France has reportedly warned the Assad regime against playing procrastination games to sabotage the process of change in Lebanon, saying “otherwise, all doors will be flung open for all eventualities against Syria,” including military action.
The London-based Asharq Al Awsat on Saturday quoted a French official as saying the report of the U.N. fact-finding mission on ex-Premier Hariri’s assassination “is the message we wanted to address to Syria to refrain from preventing the change in Lebanon.”
The newspaper quoted the French official as saying in a harsh language that reflects a French ultimatum: “France has long resisted calls for directly attacking Syria. So do not push us into a situation where we have to change our stance.”
“If the Syrians fail to understand this or if they try to manipulate and procrastinate, they will lose their last chance” the French official said, according to the Saudi-owned newspaper.
France has long supported Wolfowitz Style Occupations — little planning, lots of killing. The French Republic’s opposition to the Iraq was built on interest, not principal — France is willing and able to destroy small countries.
Chirac may prefer having France invade Syria, and so make France and feared as America, than have France look weak and America look strong.
This will be interesting.